Rebatched soap is a great way to achieve cold process results without the hassle. Rebatch soap base is actually cold process soap that’s shredded and melted down into something brand new. So basically, you have the workload of a melt & pour soap project, with the texture and results closer to that of a cold process! Perfect for those of you who aren’t quite ready to dive into the world of lye soaps, or want something a little less time consuming.
Today’s recipe uses a blend of nourishing oils that will moisturize the skin and strong coffee fragrances (yum!) that will wake you up in the morning- and make you crave that first cup of the day! Dusted with ground espresso, it’s absolutely divine! Have I mentioned that I love coffee?!
6 cups Shredded Rebatch Soap Base
½ cup Coconut Oil
1/2 cup Sweet Almond Oil
Up to 1/3 cup Strong Brewed Coffee
1-2 TBS Coffee Essential Oil
Espresso Powder to Dust
Melt down the rebatch soap base using a double boiler or similar set up (as you see here). I use a large Pyrex bowl over a sauce pan with about 2 inches of water in the bottom and place it over medium heat.
Add both the coconut oil and the sweet almond oil to the mixture and continue to melt down the soap base. This will take a while so be patient and occasionally stir the mixture, scooping from the bottom.
Working with rebatch soap requires you to add moisture back into the soap during the process. The oils will help with this, moistening the shaved base as it melts, but you’ll need to add a liquid in as you go as well. This is where the strong coffee comes in. While melting, assess the level of moisture in the mixture and add the coffee one tablespoon at a time. Stir after each addition and then reassess the need for more after several minutes. You probably won’t use the entire 1/3 cup, but you can if the soap appears too dry.
Keeping stirring and adding coffee until the mixture looks like a creamy batch of mashed potatoes.
Turn off the heat and add in the essential oil. Stir well to blend it evenly into the soap.
Carefully scoop the mixture into the loaf pan, smoothing the top with the back of a spoon.
Lightly sprinkle the espresso powder over the soap. You can use a small amount for a very light result, or you can be a little heavy handed for a more dramatic look. Either way, start with a little powder and work your way up.
Allow the soap to cool and harden completely. I typically don’t unmold my rebatch soaps for at least 24 hours.
After unmolding, use a straight soap cutter to slice the block into evenly sized bars. Rebatch soap will need to dry on a rack for 3-4 weeks before use. This dry time creates a nice, hard bar of soap.
Coffee Rebatch Bar Soap Recipe